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Architect, industrial designer, and visionary thinker Robert Luchetti will be keynoting the annual WORKTECH15 New York City conference on May 13 & 14, Time and Life Building in Midtown Manhattan (The one-day event is May 14, preceded on the 13th by a special Master Class featuring intensive interaction).
Robert Luchetti and Phillip Stone published “Your Office is Where You Are” in the Harvard Business Review in 1985. In this seminal article, they presented their creation of and predicted the concept of “activity based working.” In his keynote presentation at WORKTECH15, Robert Luchetti will revisit their predictions and take a critical look at what they got right and wrong and present a critique of the current state of the workplace.
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Several years ago at one of our private client network gatherings Ed Nolan, then a senior real estate executive with Hewlett Packard, commented on how different (and difficult) space planning had become since he started his career many years ago.
His point was simple, but profound: when everyone had an assigned workplace, and was there everyday, space planning was a really simple exercise in arithmetic: the number of people in the building times the square feet per person plus conference rooms and other common space.
Now, it’s almost a crap shoot (my words, not Ed’s!). You never know from one day (or hour) to the next how many people will be in the building. Clearly, there is a science to estimating utilization and needs, but it’s more about Big Data, statistical analysis, and learning by doing.
Anyway, I recently reconnected via Skype with Ed (he’s now Head of Global Enterprise Development for LiquidSpace) , and I asked him to reflect on the evolution of space planning and its impact on CRE and FM practitioners. Here’s a brief excerpt from his comments:
You can also view this video on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/vBiQ-youzl4
What’s your experience? Let me know what you think it takes to do effective space planning today.
IFMA Spain held a Facilities/Workplace Summit in Madrid on the 3rd of October. The principal organizer of the conferece, Francisco Vazquez Medem, asked me to submit some advance commentary on the future of the workplace (I could not attend in person, as I was participating actively in World Workplace 2013 in Philadelphia).
I sent Francisco and the Madrid attendees this brief video comment, now available on YouTube:
I would love to hear your reactions and further comments. What did you find particularly surprising (or mundane) in my perspectives? What do you disagree with, or want to extend even further? Please comment below!
It’s almost impossible to keep up with the global debate on telecommuting and flexible work these days. As my good friend and colleague Chris Hood of CBRE put it recently, “Marissa Mayer [CEO of Yahoo!] has done all of us who believe in flexible working a big favor.”
More people than ever are talking about it, debating it, and thinking about the pros and cons of requiring people to come to the office (or enabling them to work from other locations, including their homes).
(I’d insert the whole thing here but it doesn’t fit on my website)